MVP. After joining Barons kvartals just a couple of weeks ago, Davis Rozitis didn’t need too much time to get things going. With 13 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 blocks and 2 steals, he’s been named the Triobet BBL Player of the Week.
QUARTERFINALIST. University of Tartu became the first quarterfinalist after a back-to-back beating of Barsy. They defeated the Kazakhs 83-49 on Monday and finished the series off on Tuesday with a 74-45 victory. The Estonians will face either Nevezis or Jekabpils in the next round.
MONTHLY MVP. Denis Krestinin was already long overdue an individual award and he finally notched an award for the month of January, after averaging 13.8 points and 11.8 rebounds, as Barons kvartals took four victories.
INDIVIDUAL AWARDS. Once the regular season ended, the Triobet BBL handed out individual awards to the league leaders of the main statistical categories. Barsy’s Trevin Parks was handed the scoring trophy, Thomas van der Mars was unbeatable in the rebounding category, while Toni Prostran was in a league of his own setting his teammates up with easy shots.
DEBUTS. It was a great start for most of the clubs that joined us from other European competitions, with TLU Kalev being the lone exception. The Estonians lost 75-92 to the lower seeded Liepaja/Triobet and will be looking at an uphill battle in the second leg. University of Tartu, as we mentioned, are already in the Quarterfinals, while Vytautas (+45) and Kalev/Cramo (+38) have a golden opportunity to join them.
UPSET. Ogre/Kumho Tyre and their home ground remains an unsolvable mystery for Pieno Zvaigzdes. The Latvian club has beaten the highest-seeded team from the regular season 83-75, and now both of Pasvalys‘ losses have been handed to them in Ogre.
COMEBACK. While it was an incomplete comeback, Jekabpils did all they could to keep the series against Nevezis interesting. Down 18 at halftime, the Latvians fought back and got themselves back into the game. Despite losing 74-78, they still have a chance in the second leg, needing to win by 5 points to qualify for the next round.